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You can find green tea ice creams all across Japan, but it’s extra special when you make it yourself

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Matcha, the unbeatable boss of all Japanese teas, is also a tremendously popular ice cream flavor that has won the hearts of many in and out of Japan. From matcha-only ice cream stores to extra rich flavors from popular ice cream brands, the green flavor is not only healthy but… Read

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140-year-old sukiyaki restaurant in Tokyo closing due to coronavirus pandemic

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If you’re in Tokyo’s Asakusa neighborhood and in the mood for sukiyaki, the staff at Chinya is waiting to satisfy that craving. That’s true today, it was true yesterday, and it was true over a hundred years ago. Unfortunately, it’s not going to be true much longer. ▼ Chinya’s entrance The restaurant started serving meals… Read

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Pork or beef? A peek into how Japan’s curry preferences change from place to place

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Any country of a certain size will find that its cultures will shift perceptibly the further you go in a certain direction, which is why the north and south sections of countries like the United States are often regarded separately. The same, of course, is true of Japan—eastern prefectures like… Read

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Create an izakaya at home with amazing all-in-one kitchen gadget

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Earlier this year, we discovered a handy kitchen gadget called the Senbero Maker, which takes its name from sen, the Japanese word for “1,000”, and bero bero, the word for “drunk”. Putting the two expressions together as “Senbero” describes a cheap 1,000 yen drinking session, which you can usually get at a casual izakaya pub,… Read

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Domino’s Japan apologizes for fish and chips pizza 'that insults both England and Italy' with free pizza offer

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Nobody will ever accuse Domino's Pizza Japan of playing things too safe with the toppings of their pies. Over the past few years, the pizza chain has released a super spicy Tsundere pizza, a tapioca pizza topped with boba pearls, and a series of "shameful" pizzas that contain triple mayonnaise and double garlic. So… Read

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Akita pudding store unveils retro Showa-era inspired ramune pudding

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With temperatures during the summer in Japan reaching highs of 40°​C+, there’s no better way to cool down than with a retro bottle of ramune. Although it can be bought year round the drink is representative of summer in Japan, and brings back nostalgic memories for many of hot summer… Read

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Mister Donut becomes Mister Pizza? Japan’s favorite donut chain now sells pizza too

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Japan’s Mister Donut knows a thing or two about donuts, which is why we’ve got no problem using the term of respect when talking about the place. It has, after all, been Japan’s favorite donut chain for pretty much as long as donuts have been popular in Japan. But while Mister Donut… Read

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Japanese Michelin-recognized ramen to be released in instant packs

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You can find quite a few bowls of ramen in Japan that have obtained Michelin's coveted Bib Gourmand status (including, of all places, a used car dealership!), but it's not every day you can take that bowl home with you. Fortunately, Soranoiro, a ramen restaurant listed in the Michelin Guide Tokyo's Bib… Read

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Sliced Black Thunder: A chocolate bar for toast

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Black Thunder is a household name in Japan, where the palm-sized chocolate bar is beloved for its rich combination of puffed rice and dark cocoa-flavoured cookie pieces, and its low recommended retail price of 30 yen. Since it was first created in 1994, the humble Black Thunder has grown to include a variety… Read

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Shibuya unveils two new local ramen dishes themed after famously loyal local dog Hachiko

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The story of Hachiko is popular all over Japan and across the globe: the loyal dog who waited by Shibuya Station for years waiting for his master to return—unaware that he had passed away at work. This poignant story of a man’s best friend is memorialized in a permanent Hachiko statue outside Shibuya Station,… Read

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